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Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Partners with Long Neck Elementary to Address Emotional Issues Impacting Children

As part of its annual Rotary Reads program, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club donated 680 copies of the book “Do You Remember” by Sydney Smith for each child attending Long Neck Elementary School. The Club worked with Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach to purchase the books at cost for a total of $6,460.00.

Each year Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club partners with Long Neck Sunrise Elementary to bring books to each child attending the school. This year’s selection was chosen because of its messaging regarding emotional issues experienced by children that can be hidden to those around them. This is particularly important as part of the school’s initiative to have empathy and exhibit kindness to one another as part of its mission to teach leadership to its student population.

Second grade teacher at Long Neck Elementary, Dr. Meiasha Harris, read the book to an assembly of first, second and third graders and told the children that every day they come to school, they have no idea of what others are feeling on the inside, and that is why each child should strive to be a leader and treat one another with kindness. She explained that even though some of the students might be experiencing difficulties that they don’t want to share, they should know that school is a safe place and an “amazing place” to make new memories.

“We have a very diverse student population,” explains Assistant Principal, Stephen Lovellette. “It is important to us to teach our students acceptance of each other and to treat one another with kindness. The simple messaging of this book that you can replace sad memories with happy ones, despite what happens in life, gives every child hope that things can get better.”

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Rotary Reads chair, Sharon Marshall notes, “We are so happy to encourage reading among the students at Long Neck Elementary with our Rotary Reads program, and to be able to partner with the school to couple this effort with life lessons is even better. This year’s selection was a bit more costly than our normal donation, but we believed that the messaging was well worth the price.”

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to Five Graduating Sussex Central High School Seniors

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club is pleased to announce it has awarded five Sussex Central high school seniors a $2,000 Service Above Self Scholarship. The honored students are Ruth Gomez-Bartolon, Vanessa Hernandez-Barrios, MacKenzie Rementer, Mary Julienne Villareal and Ashley Durasky who were presented honorary certificates at the Sussex Central Awards Ceremony in May. Recipients can choose if their monetary award will be sent to the college they will be attending for tuition costs or used to defray expenses the student might incur for computers and books.

Students interested in winning the scholarship submitted their applications by April 9, 2023 and a committee from Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club reviewed them for merit. Factors contributing to selection include academic performance, financial need and an exhibition of community service to fit with Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self. Students who are members of the Sussex Central Interact Club were given special consideration.

“We are thrilled to have such wonderful applicants,” remarks Christine Tomalin, Long Neck Sunrise Rotarian managing the application and award process. “We originally had budgeted for four scholarships, but the applicants were all so remarkable that we decided to award all five.”

Award winner Ruth Gomez-Bartolon is planning to pursue a career in accounting and finance, beginning at the University of Delaware. She also will pursue some medical training through her church as Master Guide, where she will serve as a cadet to provide training to those in need. In addition to maintaining an outstanding academic record, Ruth has participated in numerous clubs and associations throughout her four years, including: Sussex Central Business Professionals of America, Brother/Sister Knights, Future Health Professionals, Interact Club, Yoga Club, Higher Education Opportunities, K-popp, National Honor Society and the Philosophy Club, In addition she also was in charge of the Music Youth Department.

Vanessa Hernandez-Barrios plans to follow a path into cybersecurity with a minor in pre-law at the University of Scranton. Vanessa also has an outstanding academic record and has been very active with JROTC in part of her high school career which piqued her interest in cybersecurity. She served in Color Guard JROTC, Drill JROTC, US Naval Stern, Fund Raising JROTC, Community Service Committee JROTC, as well as participating as a premium student in Great Dame, Interact Club, Marching Band, UD Dual Enrollment, UD DRSI, Del Tech Upward Bound Math and Science, Teens Drive Change, School Coding: Qubit x Qubit, Knitting Committee, Making for Better Future Classes by DGSA, Marksmanship, and Global Health: Racial, ethnic and socioeconomic classes by DGCA.

MacKenzie Rementer will be attending Delaware Technical Community College studying Nursing and then will transfer to DeSales University to partake in their Physician’s Assistant program. MacKenzie has combined the traditional academic extracurricular activities Interact Club, Wrestling Manager, Dance Team/ Marching Band, Social Justice Club, ASL Club, Best Buddies Club and Chick-fil-a Leadership Academy with attending Rotary’s RYLA institute and volunteer projects with Long Neck Methodist Church serving veterans, nursing home residents and the homeless. She also had an excellent academic record.

Mary Julienne Villareal will be attending Delaware Technical Community College to obtain an RN and later a BSN, after which she hopes to make enough money to attend dental school or perhaps become a Nurse Anesthetist. Mary excelled academically as well as participated in Rotary’s RYLA and a Rise Against Hunger Initiative. Her extracurricular activities included the Interact Club; National Honor Society; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field and Cross Country where she achieved numerous certificates of recognition in Indian River All Conference; and Student Council Class Officer,

Ashley Durasky plans to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware with the goal of becoming a lawyer. In addition to her strong academic achievements, Ashley is a member of Boy Scouts of America where she has served as senior patrol leader. She has volunteered for Rise Against Hunger and is now working on a food drive for a Crisis House as an Eagle scout project. In addition to Boy Scouts, Ashley has been a member of Sea Scouts, the National Honor Society, Interact, the National Honor Society and Student Council.

Pictured Above: Service Above Self $2000 Scholarship winners at the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club June 13 meeting. (left to right) Christine Tomalin, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Youth Scholarship coordinator; Scholarship recipients Ashley Durasky, Mary Julienne Villareal, Vanessa Hernandez-Barrios, Ruth Gomez-Bartolon, (not pictured) MacKenzie Rementer; Lucille Cavan, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Youth Committee Chair.

Students holding book on cyber bullying

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Sponsors Cyberbullying Assembly At Long Neck Elementary School

On April 3, 2023, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club partnered with Long Neck Elementary School to present a school assembly on cyberbullying to students in grades 3-5. The students were treated to a rousing presentation on cyberbullying by Guest Speaker, Dr. David J. Carter, Indian River High School Administration Team, and each was given a copy of The Technology Tail: Teaching Your Child How To Navigate Social Media, by Julia Cook, purchased by Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club.

In a talk that centered on “putting out kindness”, Dr. Clark discussed the digital footprint of students and what he sees in the schools in terms of the misuse of technology, including cyber bullying. He explained how anything done on social media is there forever and encouraged the students to only put out something they would be proud of. He stressed the importance of the power of forgiveness, and encouraged students who feel they have been wronged, to “choose to forgive, be kind and be mindful when on social apps.”

According to event organizer, Long Neck Sunrise Rotarian Sharon Marshall: “Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club was thrilled to partner with Long Neck Elementary Assistant Principal Stephen Lovellette to offer this educational session to the students of Long Neck Elementary. Anything we can do to help children avoid mis-steps in using technology will only serve to protect them now and in the future.”

Based on a 2020 study by the Cyber Bullying Research Center, cyber bullying is very much an issue with children aged 9-12. Key findings on cyber bullying among this tween group are as follows1:

  1. One in five tweens has been cyberbullied, cyberbulliedothers, or witnessed cyberbullying.
  2. Cyberbullying affects tweens in a variety of ways.
  3. Tweens use a variety of strategies to stop cyberbullying.
  4. Nine out of ten tweens use social media and gaming apps.
  5. Many tweens have also experienced bullying at school.
  6. Tweens are helpers.

Part of its annual Rotary Reads program with Long Neck Elementary, this year’s assembly and book donation served a growing educational need among elementary school students on the use of social media.  Working with Browseabout Books, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club purchased 685 copies of the book for every student at the school. Books were generously supplied at cost by Browseabout Books for a total of $4,822.40. Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club also presented Dr. Clark with a $250 donation in his name to the Crisis House Shelter, Georgetown.

1 Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D. Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., “Tween Cyberbullying in 2020,” Cyber Bullying Research Center in Partnership with Cartoon Network, pg.3.

Pictured at top: Student members of Long Neck Elementary Student Council showcase their new books. (Standing left to right): Dr. David Carter, Genevieve Geddio, Le’Andria Sunkett, Lillian Toms, Daniel Martin-Farrera, Adrian Santiago, and Sharon Marshall, Long Neck Sunrise Rotarian.

Pictured at right: Dr. Clark addresses the assembly.


Awarding check

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Donates $2,000 to Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club

Celebrates Birthday Bash In-Person

Millsboro) (March 28, 2021) —  At the monthly Birthday Bash celebration held in March, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club President Apryl Parcher presented Erica Kennedy, Executive Director of Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club, with a check for $2,000. The check is to be used for upcoming special pizza / ice-cream parties that serve as an incentive reward to students who accomplish stated goals. Such goals would be for the completion of educational components including homework, as well as showing positive behavior. The money will also be used for winners of the Club’s Team Art contest held throughout the summer and to help defray the cost of summer field trips. The hope is that the donation will cover about 12 months of parties and awards. $1,500 of the donation came from Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual charity golf outing, held each year in June, and $500 was part of a special $2,500 donation made by Morse Roofing and Siding to Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club earmarked for youth related projects.  “This partnership with Morse Roofing and Siding is truly special,” noted Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club President, Apryl Parcher. “Having extra funds to support these worthwhile programs makes such a difference in our community.”

With pandemic restrictions lifted, Long Neck Sunrise Rotarians were once again able to enter the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club to host the monthly Birthday Bash, celebrating those children who have a birthday that month. Each birthday child receives a $25 gift card and a balloon. All children at the Club are provided with cupcakes and a fruit drink.  Begun in October 2017 under a Rotary District grant, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club has continued the monthly tradition each year for every student attending the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club. When outsiders were restricted from entering in deference to pandemic restrictions, Long Neck Sunrise Rotarians dropped off the treats and gift cards at the door so that the children could continue to celebrate. Over the years, hundreds of children have enjoyed their special birthday recognition.

“We had a great in-person club bash in March and are particularly grateful for the wonderful donation to keep the celebrations ongoing for the children and for one of their summer trips!,” remarked Erica Kennedy, Executive Director, Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club. “The kids were so excited to hear this news! We appreciate all that the Sunrise Rotary club does for our club and kids!”

Pictured Above: Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Apryl Parcher (right) presents Erica Kennedy, Executive Director of Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club (center), with a check for $2000. Rotarian Cathy Cardaneo stands left. She is the liaison from Long Neck Sunrise Rotary to the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club.

Photo of birthday celebration

Children celebrating their March birthdays are from left to right:  Callie, Kaden, Fiona and Dylan. Adults (left to right): Madison Fleetwood of the Boys and Girls Club Apryl Parcher, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club President; and Cathy Cardaneo, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club manager of the Birthday Bash program.

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club & Silicato Development To Hold Long Neck Community Holiday Stroll Benefit

(Millsboro) (November 22, 2021) — The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club and Silicato Development are pleased to sponsor a Community Holiday Stroll at the shops and restaurants at Taormina Square, the retail shopping center located on Route 24 and Silicato Drive in Long Neck. The stroll will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 3-6 pm and will feature complementary food samples by participating restaurants and product offerings by retailers. All will be done within an “open house” environment and visitors are encouraged to provide a $10 donation/family which will be given to the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club for their children’s holiday party. Boxes for donations will be positioned at tables along Silicato Drive.

“Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club and Silicato Development have a long history of supporting the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club,” notes Barry Henry, Long Neck Sunrise Business Connections Committee Chair. “We hope that this event will foster a true sense of community in the region while offering the shops and restaurants recovering from the COVID pandemic an opportunity to showcase their wares – all in the name of a good cause.”

The restaurants and shops participating include: Brick Works, Two Meatballs, Yellowfins, Taste of the South, Maggie’s Pet Boutique, Blooming Boutique, Nails at Taormina, My Ceramics, Vogue on 24 and Bayside Gifts.

“We are happy to work with Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club in support of the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club,” remarked Nicole Silicato-Miller, Vice President, Silicato Development.  “The stroll is such a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit of giving and make a difference to the children.”Brochure on Holiday Stroll at Taormina Square

First Place Winner

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club’s 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over $28,000 to Support Local and Rotary International Initiatives

(Millsboro) (June 14, 2021) — Once again the sun was shining, a light breeze was consistent all day, and predicted afternoon thunder storms held off for the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club’s 12th Annual Charity Golf Outing on Monday, June 14, 2021 held at The Peninsula on The Indian River Bay. The event was returning to its original June time slot, after having to delay the prior year’s tournament until October of 2020. Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Golf Committee members worked diligently to make sure that the outing did not slack off, and to everyone’s delight, the event was sold out with 136 golfers and a waiting list, and many local and regional Partners provided donations to make this outing the most profitable the Club has held. Proceeds exceeded expectations and prior year’e earnings at $28,528.58.

This charity golf tournament is the Club’s main fund-raising function, where all proceeds are used to support local organizations serving youth, veterans, adult literacy and programs to stem and care for victims of the opioid epidemic as well as Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

“We were simply overwhelmed by the response we received this year for our tournament,” noted Mike Hall, Chairperson of the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Golf Committee. “We went into this knowing that many had been financially hurt by the pandemic, and yet, so many were able to help us raise the funds we use to support local and Rotary International initiatives. It is truly a testament to how we as a society recognize the need to help those less fortunate, and also shows how anxious folks were to get out and enjoy a day on a beautiful golf course.:

First place teamFirst Place Team and First Place Rotarian Team with a score of -17 for the “best ball” style tournament play included Justin Grossman, Steve Grossman, Wes Hood and John DiStefano. Other foursome winners included:

  • Second Place Team at -15 was team of Bruce King, Scott Schockley, Joe Shockley and Frank Miller
  • Third Place Team at -14 was team of David Patch, Erick Perez, Carl Schlesinger and Danny Gilseth
  • Fourth Place Team at -14 was team of Joe Mongillo, John Murray, Andrew Hess, and Dave Ogle
  • Fifth Place Team at -13 was team of John McCahan, Jack McCahan, Patrick McCahan, and Kevin McGill
  • Sixth Place Team at -12 was team of Tom Law, Ken Hellings, John Berner and Tom Gargan
  • Seventh Place Team at -12 was team of Lucille Cavan, Scott Cavan, Shaun Cavan, and Ryan Cavan
  • Eighth Place Team at -12 was team of Max Hutsell, David Hutsell, Pat Wassmuth and Dave Jacobin
  • Ninth Place Team at -11 was team of Don Zakrociemski, Stan Zakrociemski, Daniel Zakrociemski, and Chris Zakrociemski
  • Need More Practice Team at +10 was team of Mark Moscowitz, Andy Chin, Travers Downs, and Gary Jones

All  10 of these teams were awarded complementary rounds of golf at golf courses across Delmarva.

On-course competitions include four “Holes in One“ sponsored by Terry Megee of Megee Motors with no winners this year. Other on-course winners include:

  • Closest to the Pin Men  — Rich Graves
  • Closest to the Pin Women — Diane Karbonik
  • Longest Drive Men — Andrew Michel
  • Longest Drive Women — Trish Dieringer
  • Straightest Drive Men — Bruce King
  • Straightest Drive Women — Cathy Bassett
  • Winner of Whiffle Ball Driving Contest — Danny Gilseth
  • Winner of Pot O Gold hole #13 — Vincent Schettino

The day was capped by a plated and served gourmet dinner at the Peninsula.
Next year’s tournament is scheduled for June 13, 2022.

Pictured Above: Golf Committee Chair, Mike Hall (left) awards the First Place Rotary Team trophy and golf course certificate to overall First Place team winner representative, Wes Hood.

Rotary, students and teachers with donated instruments

Rehoboth Beach Sunrise and Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Clubs Join Together to Support Sussex Academy Band Programs

Rotary District 7630 Grant Helps to Supply Much Needed Instruments

(Millsboro) (May 4, 2021) — It started as a conversation in late 2019 between some area Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club Rotarians as many of these Rotary philanthropic projects do and resulted in a $5,000 Rotary District 7630 Grant for $5,000 plus an additional $6,000+ donation from the Rehoboth Beach Sunrise and Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Clubs to procure much needed instruments for the music programs at Sussex Academy.

Dr. Uday Jani, who serves on the Sussex Academy Executive Board, had learned that the Academy did not have the resources to fund the instruments needed to meet growing demand in the Academy’s various music programs. High school enrollment had grown every year since the Academy started its high school program in 2012, and was projected to be 860 students in the 2020-21 school year – up from 770. The school was also introducing performing arts to grades six through eight. The Academy has a strong tradition of student participation in music, appearing at many County and State band festivals each year and offering various band programs to its Middle and High School students. Wanting to continue this rich tradition of music education and performance, Dr. Jani turned to his fellow Rotarian, Larry DeFrancisco, Vice President Marketing & Sponsorships, Rehoboth Jazz Festival, to see what he thought Rotary could do.

Larry felt a District Grant could cover a good portion of the cost, and as part of the package he would work with musicians from the Rehoboth Jazz Festival to offer performances to the students. Larry DeFrancisco and Dr. Jani brought their idea to the Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club where it was enthusiastically endorsed. And then COVID struck. Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club now needed another club to lead the Sussex Academy project to secure grant funding, as they had a grant project established for PPE for Beebe Medical Center. Enter Steve Grossman, a Board member of Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club at the time, and friend of Dr. Jani and Larry DeFrancisco. He saw the opportunity for Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club to offer another program to area youth, and a partnership was formed to underwrite the costs of the program. Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club would act as lead to secure a grant from Rotary District 7630.

“Being able to partner with fellow Rotary Clubs to achieve a goal is the beauty of our global organization,” remarked Randy Smith, President, Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club. “We are very fortunate to have Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club support and lead this project.”

Susan Giove of Rehoboth Beath Sunrise Rotary Club developed the 2020-21 District Grant request from Rotary District 7630 to help underwrite the required instrument cost. A $5,000 grant for “Musical Instruments for Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences Middle School and High School” was requested and received, with the two clubs to split the remainder of the $11,295.68 cost needed to procure the requested instruments in the fall of 2020. The grant would procure 24 instruments, and through the work of Larry De Francisco, arrangements had been made for the Rehoboth Jazz Festival Musicians to conduct sessions with the bands during the week of October 12, 2020.

Delays ensued as Clubs and the Academy worked to develop their COVID rhythms, but the project remained top of mind. Undaunted, Lucille Cavan, President of the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club, worked with Sussex Academy Music Director, Michael Marotta to finalize the instrument purchase list in March of 2021: 14 x 12 snare drums, Vic Firth Double-Sided practice pads, four different sizes of bass drums, a 3-valve tuba, snare carriers, a tenor carrier, bass carriers, a French horn, a trumpet, a tenor saxophone, an innovative percussion field series Multi Tom Mallets, innovative percussion field series Marching Bass Mallets and a set of ukuleles for the Middle School program.

“Our Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club, together with the Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Rotary, is pleased to bring Larry DeFrancisco’s wonderful idea to reality,” remarked Lucille Cavan.  “Arts are such an important part of education and we are proud to support the students of the Sussex Academy bands and music programs.”

Most of the Instruments finally arrived and the two Rotary Clubs attended Sussex Academy on May 4th to present them. The black marching drums will be used by the school’s new Marching Percussion Ensemble, led by newly appointed percussion director, Mr. Scott Litzenberg. The brass and woodwind instruments will be used for both the middle and high school bands. A set of ukuleles (still on their way) will be used by Nancy Curry who teaches drama and music to the elementary students. Larry DeFrancisco has worked with Rehoboth Jazz Festival on presentations for the students this coming fall.

According to Sussex Academy’s Music Director Mike Marotta,”This grant and the generosity of these two Rotary clubs are allowing us to offer all middle and high school band students the opportunity to participate in concert band, percussion ensemble and eventually, a marching and pep band. The students and I will be forever grateful.”

Dr. Jani, who started it all with a simple conversation among Rotarians, is “tremendously excited that the two Clubs were able to supply the instruments to enable the school’s first marching band.”

And the bands play on!

Pictured above: Presentation of Instruments to Sussex Academy.SITTING left to right: Zach Burger; Oliver Graves; Nancy Curry, Elementary School Music Teacher; Randy Smith. President, Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club; Lucille Cavan, President, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club; Gail Dejmal, President Elect Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club; Steve Grossman, Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club; Larry DeFrancisco, Vice President Marketing & Sponsorships, Rehoboth Jazz Festival and member, Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club. STANDING — in front of drums (L to R) Bella Crisci; Finna Graves; Mike Marotta, Music Director.  STANDING — back row (L to R) Tom Peet, Middle School Dean; Drew Brubacker; Christian Wright; Alex Fitzkee; Jovan Jean-Louis; Grace Thomas; Eric Anderson, Principal; Jack Thomas; Pat Campbell-White, Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club.

CAPTION: Students practicing with donated instruments. Top Row: Left to right:  6th grader Drew Brubacker, marching percussion snare drum; 6th grader Jack Thomas, student trumpet;  8th grader Mitchell Lorah, tenor saxophone.

Photo of check donation to boys and girls club

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club Donates $1,500 to Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club

(Millsboro) (April 30, 2021) — Despite high winds that nearly collapsed the check sign, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club President, Lucille Cavan, presented CJ Pitts of Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club with a check for $1,500 that the organization can use for upcoming pizza / ice-cream parties. The parties will be held as an incentive reward to students who accomplish stated goals. Such goals would be for the completion of educational components including homework, zooms and remote work as well as showing positive behavior. The money will also be used for winners of the Club’s Team Art contest held throughout the summer. The hope is that the donation will cover about 12 months of parties and awards.

“Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club has been a major contributor to programs here for the boys and girls and we are very grateful for their support,” remarked Erica Kennedy, Executive Director, Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club.

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club has long supported the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club with holding a Pitch, Hit and Run contest in association with the MLB; and providing monthly birthday bashes with cupcakes and fruit juice for all, and $25 gift cards and a balloon for those celebrating a birthday that month.

“Helping the children in Long Neck is one of our stated missions,” notes Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club President, Lucille Cavan. “It has been particularly difficult for many of the area children to maintain their school work during this pandemic, so we are delighted to be able to support the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club in this motivational endeavor.”

photo of students at Long Neck Elementary

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club and Grace United Methodist Church Join Together to Contribute Shoes to Long Neck Elementary Fund Raiser

(Millsboro) (May 4, 2021) — Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club and Grace United Methodist Church, Millsboro were delighted to support Long Neck Elementary with their gently used shoe drive. The fund raiser, organized by the Long Neck Elementary PTO and the 5th grade student council, will generate funds to benefit the new playground and outdoor classroom the school plans to start this summer.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain, and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe, and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school.

Long Neck Elementary will be accepting shoes through May 31. They request that those donating gently used shoes, tie the shoes together by the laces and place them in a bag. Shoes can bed place in the large bin located at the entrance of Long Neck Elementary.

“We are delighted to have the Grace United Methodist Church and Long Neck Elementary partner with us on this fundraising endeavor,” noted Stephen Lovellette, Assistant Principal, Long Neck Elementary.  “Both organizations have been very generous in their support of our playground, and the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club is a valued partner in many projects we have at the school.”

photo of students presenting thank you cards

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Joins With Long Neck Elementary to Celebrate “Kindness Week”

(Millsboro) (February 8, 2021) — Living in a period of so much angst and altered realities, it is particularly heartwarming to see children celebrating kindness with each other, their parents and teachers, and their community. Principal Clara Conn of Long Neck Elementary worked with her teachers and administrators to set up a week-long celebration of kindness during “Kindness Week” February 8-12, 2021.

Students were reading the book The Jelly Donut Difference, which teaches kindness, caring, generosity, and being a good neighbor and friend. Teachers and student leaders were encouraged to practice kindness throughout the week, and in so doing would earn sprinkles for each act of kindness on the donut drawing in each classroom.

One of their acts of kindness was to present Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club with hand drawn thank you cards for Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club’s donations of two books for every student and dictionaries for third grade students over the years, and substantial funding for the school’s new playground to break ground this summer. The cards were presented by four members of the school’s 15-person student government to representatives of the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club in a short ceremony at the school on February 8, 2021. When asked by Rotarian Sharon Marshall, which project of the Rotary Club meant the most to them, the students answered “all of them” – kindness and political savvy represented in full force.

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club learned that the school was encouraging local businesses to engage in Kindness Week and that the next day would be “Crazy for Kindness” day, where the students and others participating were encouraged to wear crazy hair, socks or outfits.  Many Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club embraced the challenge and came properly attired to the weekly meeting on Tuesday held in person at the Ocean Grill II on Long Neck Road and virtually for those preferring that venue.

“Working with children is an important part of our mission,” noted Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club President, Lucille Cavan. “Long Neck Elementary Is doing such a wonderful job during these difficult times and to be recognized by their students for our help is truly special. And what a hoot to join with them on Crazy for Kindness day.”

“Throughout the pandemic the community has come together to support one another,” remarked Clara Conn, Principal, Long Neck Elementary.  “Many of us have been on the front lines, supporting our families and local small businesses, in addition to ensuring services for our community continue to function with fidelity. This was a wonderful project to illuminate the kindness of not only our young Long Neck Leaders, but also the established Long Neck Leaders. The students enjoy seeing their neighbors join in on our spirit days and support our vision of ‘Growing Leaders.’ This common thread of kindness binds our community together and provides a great example of patience and support, while maintaining grace.”

Students and counselorsRotary Crazy for KindnessCrazy for Kindness day virtual

Pictured at top of page: Student Government Representatives of Long Neck Elementary present Long Neck Sunrise Rotarians with thank you cards.  Students pictured are: Liam Archila-Palomino (front), Thomas Hoopes, Jade Coulter. Rotarians are (left to right): President Lucille Cavan, Youth Committee Chair Apryl Parcher, Rotary Reads Chair Sharon Marshall.

Pictured above left: Front: LNE Counselors Erica Adkins-Hull, Amy Goodhue, Anne-Marie Vega Top: Student Council Liam Archila-Palomino, Thomas Hoopes, Jade Coulter; Long Neck Sunrise Rotarians President Lucille Cavan, Youth Committee Chair Apryl Parcher, Rotary Reads Chair Sharon Marshall; LNE Counselor, Annette Hoffman

Pictured above center and right:  In person and virtual Long Neck Sunrise Rotarians celebrating Crazy for Kindness.